Posts Tagged ‘ campaign design ’

Respect the Metagame

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May 12, 2014
For Players

Last week, I was listening to one of my favorite gaming podcast, The NPC Cast. If you’ve never heard it, you should listen to it. Aaron and Del are really interesting and present diverse viewpoints on gaming and Chris is also a person who is on the show. And even though I’ve ended up...
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Gaming for Fun (Part 2): Getting Engaged

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February 5, 2014
Taking the Game Seriously

To Recap… Look, my word count is high enough and the first part of this two part extravaganza hasn’t gone anywhere. If you haven’t read it, READ IT. If you’ve forgotten it, READ IT AGAIN. Seriously, put in some f$&%ing effort. You should see how I recap my D&D sessions. However, I will (grudgingly...
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Gaming for Fun (Part 1): Eight Kinds of Fun

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January 27, 2014
Taking the Game Seriously

If you ask the average GM “what is the point of an RPG” or “how do you win” or “what’s your job as a GM,” I’m pretty certain you’re going here the word “fun” in the answer. “The point is to have fun.” “You win when everyone has fun.” “Your job is to make...
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The Memory Game

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January 16, 2013
For Players

Writing an extensive back story is not for everyone. For every player that revels in writing a back-story, it seems there are two that absolutely hate it. Sometimes, getting acceptable back-stories from players is like pulling teeth. And the truth is, most of the stuff in a back-story is utterly useless crap. Writing a...
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5 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenaged Skill System

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December 3, 2012
For DMs

Originally, I wrote this long, rambling introduction about picking a role-playing system to run modern-era mystery games and about arguments with people about binary skill systems and why I personally prefer the freedom binary systems afford over things with narrative dice pools and hippie-dippie drama point bulls$&%. But I realized it was just a...
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